verb (used with object), lap·i·dat·ed, lap·i·dat·ing.

to pelt with stones.
to stone to death.

Nearby words

  1. lapel mike,
  2. laperm,
  3. lapful,
  4. lapheld,
  5. lapidary,
  6. lapidation,
  7. lapides,
  8. lapidicolous,
  9. lapidify,
  10. lapillus

Origin of lapidate

1615–25; < Latin lapidātus past participle of lapidāre to stone. See lapidary, -ate1

Related formslap·i·da·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lapidation


verb (tr) literary

to pelt with stones
to kill by stoning
Derived Formslapidation, noun

Word Origin for lapidate

C17: from Latin lapidāre, from lapis stone

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Word Origin and History for lapidation



"stoning to death," 1610s, from Latin lapidationem (nominative lapidatio), noun of action from past participle stem of lapidare "to throw stones at," from the stem of lapis "stone."

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